WE are aware of a group of people within the Patriotic Front (PF) government who are championing and creating confusion to hound out some members of the ruling party who appear to be a threat to their bid to meet their leadership agenda, says Youth and Sports Minister Chishimba Kambwili.
He said the slander and blackmail of Mr Alexander Chikwanda was not targeted at the Finance Minister alone but that several ministers would soon be victims of the scheme within the party.
Mr Kambwili said there were some dark corner meetings that were taking place within the ruling party against fellow members and that a group of youths divided into 10 were being used to divide the ruling party.
Mr Kambwili becomes the second cabinet Minister to have exposed the cartel holding President Sata hostage while plotting to take over the presidency before the Head of State could serve and complete his first term.
“We know that it is not just Mr Chikwanda alone who is targeted, even Defence Minister Edgar Lungu, Tourism Minister Jean Kapata, Mr Yamfwa Mukanga, Mwenya Musenge, including me among others will be attacked by the same group of people so that their mission is fulfilled,” he said.
Mr Kambwili said it was sad that such a scheme had been hatched within the ruling party and that such things were happening when President Sata was capable of doing his job.
He cautioned Zambians who were commenting and calling for the resignation of Mr Chikwanda not to be misled by baseless statements that were aimed at disadvantaging the efforts made to ensure there was economic growth in the country.
“Strong and genuine opposition like the MMD and UPND have not commented on Mr Chikwanda’s issue because they know it is baseless and spearheaded by people with maneuvers aimed at destroying the party,” Mr Kambwili said.
He said the position of President needed a leader who was selfless and not one who was selfishness.
“Mr Chikwanda was involved in genuine business even before he became minister. Does it mean that when you become a minister you have to withdraw and kill all your businesses? Some individuals like him (Chikwanda) are making genuine money and he is not like those who were making dubious money and calling for his resignation,” Mr Kambwili said.
He said plans by some members of the PF to take over the presidency using any means including scandalizing innocent members of the ruling party who include ministers would fail.
Mr Kambwili advised members of the PF campaigning for the presidency to use correct channels and stop using cheap political gimmicks to fulfill their agenda.
He said it was disheartening for some members of PF to start fighting for the presidency when there was a sitting president adding that the leadership thirsty group should keep harmony in the party instead of breeding confusion.
“What kind of leadership is that where some people are vying for the presidency using wrong channels of attacking ‘your own members’? By the way, the presidency comes from the people and not lobbying for it and we are watching all their movements,” Mr Kambwili said.
He claimed that the group campaigning for the Presidency was going round inciting youths to denounce other PF members who were against their agenda.